New Job Advice: How To Make Great First Impressions

01.06.20 | Job Search

Some people say it only takes a second to form first impressions. Other experts claim you have up to 27 seconds to wow the crowd. Either way, that’s not a lot of time to put your best foot forward in a new workplace. Thankfully, we’ve put together some tips for making the best impression possible when starting a new job.

Preparation Is Key For First Impressions

Before you arrive, think about what you want to accomplish. Visualizing your objective is a great way to mentally prepare yourself for the day ahead. Do you just want to “get through the day” or do you want to leave a positive impression on your boss and new co-workers? Picturing or verbalizing your objective is like an archer who envisions the target before even drawing back the arrow. Even something as simple as positive thinking can reduce stress and help you feel more confident about meeting new people.

Be On Time

No matter what, arriving on time always makes great first impressions! Being on time (or early) shows your new employer that you are ready to make your new job a success. Try to arrive at least 15 minutes early. This gives you a cushion in case you run into traffic and gives you time to settle into your new work environment and prepare for the day ahead.

If something comes up that will make you late, always call your new employer to let them know. Most people are understanding about lost keys, flat tires, and other emergencies. Just don’t use an “emergency” as a catch-all excuse for sleeping late or anything else that may come up.

Make Eye Contact and Smile

Body language is a huge component of first impressions. Negative signals like avoiding eye contact and not smiling communicate you don’t want to be there and that you don’t care about your new job. Even if you’re nervous or distracted by things in your personal life, make an effort to show that you are engaged and present in the moment.

Pay Attention (And Ask Questions!)

Be attentive during training. Give the task and your trainer your full attention. And don’t be afraid to ask questions. Thoughtful questions are a signal that you’re actively processing information and engaged in learning.

Ask What Else You Can Do

Employers love to see initiative! If you have extra time, make sure to ask what else needs to be done. This shows that you’re not only excited about your position, but that you will also contribute to the overall success of the company.

Talk To People

Don’t be shy. The quickest way to get to know people is to talk to them. Ask them about themselves, listen, and have conversations. If you want to know how to succeed in your new workplace, ask co-workers some questions like:

  • What are some common mistakes new employees make?
  • What wasn’t covered in training that would be helpful to know on the job?
  • What parts of this job do you find most difficult?

Make The Best Impression By Being Yourself

Most importantly, be yourself! The absolute worst way to settle into a new workplace is to pretend to be someone you’re not. Start off on the right foot with your boss and co-workers by being genuine and honest about yourself and your interests. You should always be open to learning new things, but don’t pretend to like Lacrosse just because your boss played in high school.

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